Welcome to The Raising Creative Thinkers Academy.

Find research based help to stimulate learning:

Basic plan - workshop recording + 6 simple implementation tools (Scroll down to learn more).

Prime plan - Same workshop recording + 15 tools and resources (Scroll down to learn more).

New offer: Explore, Grow and Inspire

 

Align Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) with CCSS (Common Core State Standards) by arising curiosity for science in language arts lessons, building motivation for science education. In the meantime, help children treasure literature and art by nurturing their love for nature. Promote the 4 c's (critical and creative thinking, communication and collaboration) by this bundle in class and/or online.

  1. Exploring the world around us and the world within us - Bring nature to life and instigate enquiry. Help students discover scientific phenomena, nature and environment by Raising Creative Thinkers' literature weaved with art that children love. Invite learners to express ideas in conversations or in writing based on questions Google cannot answer and surprising prompts provided in the PDFs. Use these resources to nurture and guide project-based learning. In the process, foster social-emotional skills, amplify students' individual strengths, and promote language proficiency. Students love elevating their own ideas into writing tasks shining with grammar and vocabulary excellence.

  2. Growing as 21st century teachers - New methods might seem intimidating at first. This bundle includes product training and helpful tools, making teaching simple and fruitful. Learn to identify students' unique gifts to respond to personal interests and needs, promoting equity.

  3. Inspiring creative learning experiences - Make learning fun and relevant for today's students, providing opportunities for comprehensive understanding and original applications of content.                                                              

Grade level: K-8, primary, elementary, special and gifted education.

 

 

Contents: 

 

Three Raising Creative Thinkers books in PDF format:

  1.  Creative Children Like the Animals of the World - STEAM learning materials for a whole year.

  2. The Raising Creative Thinkers Series: Problem Solvers, Conflict Managers and Communicators - Guide students to solve problem creatively inspired by a story of a dispute in the animal world solved by the birds' king. Then promote creative problem solving while introducing structural coloration.

  3. Anti-Bullying STEAM Curriculum - Some lessons are best learned from nature. Build students' prosocial behavior based on a food chain story.

Product Training which includes a stimulating workshop recording + implementation tools: 

  1. The Creative Environment Check-List - What to focus on to build a creative and safe environment in class.

  2. The Pearl Expressions for Creative Conversations - Sentence starters to help students communicate and express.

  3. Project-Based Learning, Reviewing Progress and Creative Problem-Solving Kit - a coloring pages kit to help students develop products and to assess students learning.

  4. Identifying Gifts and Fulfilling Potential Kit - Deepening the understanding of each student's interests and needs to promote individual creative potentials.

  5. The Stone-Heart and The Tree-Heart Instant Meditations coloring pages - Recharging to engage students in creative teaching.                              

Bonus - PDF of the The Raising Creative Thinkers Guidebook -

Tips and Inspiration + an appendix offering immersing lessons plans about: 

  •       Heavy and Light in Science and in art

  •       Heat

  •       The greenhouse effect

  •       Energy

  •       The center of gravity

  •       The handicap principle.

 

Raising Creative thinkers' resources are based on conversations with Dr, Moshe Rishpon, who established the Clore Garden of Science and The Science Oriented Youth Department in The Weizmann Institute, Israel. This is a pioneer program in science education and a leader of this field worldwide. Director, Michelle Korenfeld, is a lifelong creativity educator, 21st century curriculum developer, facilitator, author, poet and painter.

 

Teach Best 2020-1 - Exclusive research based strategy articles supporting in times of change. Already available:

  1. Growth Mindset for Continual Learning Efforts – Processes that Bring Success and Well-Being

  2. Making the Best out of Preparation Time to Deliver Great Teaching - Creative Lesson Planning Basics

  3. Emotional Safety for Responding to Students' Individual Needs while Teaching toward 1 Test for All

  4. Creative strategy to teaching in an environment of stress, changing demands and multiple roles

  5. From Coping with Change to Becoming Change Agents – Strategy for Educators

  6. Creative Students – What, Why and How? 

  7. Supporting human relationships in distance learning for less anxiety and a more meaningful education

  8. Managing Group Project-Based Learning Successfully In-Class or Online by awareness to CPS Styles

  9. How to Engage Students in PBL - Creative Problem-Solving Preferences as Keys for Collaboration.

1. Workshop Recording 

 

Take a glimpse into creative children's minds - endless possibilities, incredible associations and surprising mediations between details and ideas, to turn those innate traits into social-emotional skills.

  • Surprise yourself by specifying your challenge as an educator.
  • Be ignited by a short video of inspiring art to slide up a simple process and reach a to the point plan for fulfilling your goal.
  • Grow as a mentor by the Tree-Heart and Stone-Heart instant meditations.
  • Combine intuition and mind to Identify yours and the children’s gifts based on the 21st century skills and the multiple intelligences.
  • Outline what to do to fulfill those gifts.
  • Discover STEAM learning, leadership teaching and education innovation with new eyes.
  • Be empowered by the creativity forever magic.
     
  • The workshop offers 2 processes of planning how to meet your challenge and of outlining how to fulfill creative gifts
    for yourself and for the students.
  • Heartwarming paintings will connect you with inner strengths to grow as a creativity and excellence inspiring educator. 
  • STEAM ideas will ignite you to nurture children’s curiosity. Therefore, students will bond with you with grateful hearts. Moreover, you will learn to see qualities where you saw flaws, in yourself and in the children. You will discover creative strategies to support students in both classical and 21st century learning, which will help you grow a caring, creative and communicative environment around you.
  • By the end it will be clear how the 5 E’s method helps promote social-emotional skills and educate in a project-based learning approach. Since the method is child centered and based on a caring approach, it will make learners smile at you enjoying cooperating and studying toward better scores.
  • Discover this strategy to make education fun, stimulating, relevant, effective, and most of all – creative.
  • This workshop replay is of a zoom session that took place on May, 2020. It offers hope for educators dealing with dynamic change.

Your host - Michelle Korenfeld

Michelle Korenfeld is a lifelong creativity educator,  Amazon author, 21st century learning curriculum developer, facilitator, painter and poet, whose purpose is nurturing curiosity in children’s hearts and minds.
Engage yourself in the workshop recording  to be inspired by this highly creative person. Michelle's lifelong research has brought about this  inspirational workshop.
Deep-dive into teaching and educating today's brighter than ever kids for future readiness
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Michelle's STEAM book, Creative Children Like the Animals of the World and her Raising Creative Thinkers Guidebook are based on her teaching at the Dr. Erica Landau Institute for the Advancement of Youth to Excellence and Creativity in Tel-Aviv.
Scientifically, Michelle's materials are based on conversations with Dr. Moshe Rishpon, who established the Clore Garden of Science and the Science Oriented Youth Department in the Weizmann Institute. This is a pioneer program in science education and a leader of that field worldwide.
 
Michelle believes that all children need and deserve the kind of education gifted students experienced in those institutes for the past 40-50 years. Alumni of the courses in those two establishments became leaders of their fields of expertise in Israel and globally. They said
it all began at those courses, where they were given the opportunity to explore, experience
and express. Curiosity to develop projects was ignited. Overwhelming emotions and behaviors were balanced. 
And social-emotional skills were nurtured to bring success.
  • "Excellent, well planned,        good details."

  • "She is a very special creative leader."

  • "The only Wow I gave."

"Michelle has a very absorbing way of speaking, illustrating
and engaging her audience. 

I learned, laughed and was amazed."

Participants in Michelle Korenfeld's workshops at the Creative Problem Solving Institute 2019,

The University at Buffalo, NY.

 Ellen Koronet, LNK Creative, from Michelle's workshop
at the Florida Creativity Conference 2017.

2.a. Bonus tools for PBL & SEL by 5 E's Basic + Prime +
Explore, Grow & Inspire:

  • Project-Based Learning, Reviewing Progress and Creative Problem Solving Kit - 

    This is a 4 steps coloring pages tool that has 3 uses: To develop a project, to examine what children learned and drew on, and to solve a problem and meet a challenge. 
    It is based on the 5 E’s strategy: Explore, Experience, Examine, Elevate and Express.

  • Creative Environment Check List - 

    This is a one-page PDF offering a simple to implement 10 items check list for making a learning or work environment creative.

    It is based on research and on Michelle Korenfeld's lifelong creative practice. Share it with your colleagues to find out how to support creativity, care, communication and collaboration.

  • The Pearl Expressions for Creative Conversations - 

    This is a one page check list for guiding creative conversations. 

    Share this check list with your colleagues and students. Or simply hang on the board for a constant reminder on how to talk in ways that make others listen, cooperate, and enjoy a playful molding of  ideas into the best-suited solutions.

  • The Tree-Heart Instant Meditation Coloring Page - 

    Grounding and energizing coloring page based on the instant meditation exercised in the workshop replay. 

  • Identifying Gifts and Fulfilling Potential Kit - 

    A 5 steps check list to help identify the students' gifts and to make a plan on how to fulfill the potentials. It will give you a better understanding of the whole child. You will be able to support learners' self-confidence and make individual development plans for greater success.

  • The Stone-Heart Instant Meditation Coloring Page - 

    This is a releasing anger tool based on the instant meditation done in the workshop replay.

    The aim is to release aggression in order to be at our best for the children. It can also be used by students to manage emotions and behaviors.

2.b. Bonus tools for Prime plan only:

  •          Paradigm Shift Tool 

    We may have the best intentions about raising creative thinkers.

    Yet hidden concepts, such that we have been raised upon, come in our way. They are like a blind spot. We are not aware that there is something we are missing. We just feel that our efforts are not fruitful. This tool helps becoming aware of hidden concepts, provides an alternative and a method to apply it to your needs.

  • The Quick Guide to Solving Problems, Making Decisions
    and Driving Innovation

    Apply the simple 5 E's method that synthesizes problem solving, decision making and innovation. The 5 E’s strategy gives people the feeling: ‘I can do it’. Generate ideas, develop creative solutions, and apply dynamic change competencies in 5 steps: Explore, Experience, Examine, Elevate and Express. A great tool for professional learning communities.

  • How to Overcome Challenges in Adopting New Creative Strategies

    This is a check list on what would hinder successful innovation in school and what would help, regarding the following challenges:

    teachers isolation; motivation; autonomy; tools for dynamic change; ethics; educational concept; assessment; the students; the parents; counselors; learning materials and educational technologies; teachers’ professional development; administration; principals and superintendents; political, economic and academic leadership; and the media.

  • Empowering Tool toward Engaging with Energetic Kids - 

    This is a PDF taking you through a journey of inspiring meditative paintings, to connect with your inner strengths, recharge and feel grounded, caring and impactful.

     

    The last page is a creative coloring page. Have its photo, or one of the paintings' photo on your phone. Take a look, whenever needed, and be immediately at that containing charismatic place you want to be.

    This PDF offers the  full Tree-Heart Instant Meditation, so you can share it with colleagues.

  • Attention Deficit Disorder- Creative Coping Strategies - 

    Make friends with the diversity of attention challenges by a story that provides practical tools. Let the creative strategies presented in the story ignite you toward helping students find attention while learning at home or at school. Give the kids a hand-out to learn about their individual attention struggles and provide best strategic routes to success based on a table that sums up the story.

  • Social-Emotional and Project-Based Learning by 5 E's Lesson Planner - 

    This is a simple frame to plan an engaging lesson that nurtures curiosity, openness, cognitive flexibility, cooperative behavior, emotion & behavior regulation, self directness and growth mindset. In the process of such
    a lesson students develop an original education product
    by the 5 E's PBL method.

    (Available only as a bonus of the prime plan.)

Anti-Bullying STEAM Program - 

Help children gain self-confidence in themselves and with others, ignited by the animal world. Identifying with the story “In the Shade of an Old Tree” the children are invited to provide their own advice on how to regulate emotions and behavior, becoming better friends. Coloring and drawings inspired by the prompts they embrace a shield against bullying ignited by their own advice.

 

Engage students with experiential activities and musical fun. Teach kids without them noticing about the food chain. Nurture curiosity introducing terms like diversity and relativity. Instill values of protecting nature and send the message that we need to proactively protect our mates and handle relationships with care.

 

Empower those that need to become assertive, and balance those that tend toward aggression. Invite the kids into an adventure of discovery for an anti-bullying education, or should we say proactive behavior education, that lasts.

 

This social emotional learning tool is a 41 pages PDF in letter format. It offers several engaging lesson plans. You can use the download to print and copy the coloring pages for your students, and to show the paintings as a presentation or as laminated teaching aids.

The Win-Win Solution - Your own bonus project based learning unit from The Pillars of Leadership program - Teaching elementary students leadership by 5 C’s: Critical thinking, Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, and most of all…Curiosity!

This project will help you build a safe and collaborative learning environment.
It offers 2 lesson plans.
 Based on the story Compare, Compete and Cooperate, the students are ignited with social emotional and leadership skills and inspired to enact a play with their suggested solutions.

                                     

Problem-Solving Keys and Secret Keys - 
This is the list Michelle uses in the workshop replay to guide the process of 
identifying your educational challenge and helping you outline how to best meet it.
 
It is the product of years of research, yet is very simple and user-friendly. You can use it to solve problems for yourself and/or with colleagues together with the Project-Based, Creative Problem-Solving and Reviewing Progress bonus kit.
(Available only as bonus of the prime plan.)

teacher training certificates

PBL & SEL 5E's Basic
certificate:
PBL and SEL by 5 E's method.
Explore, Grow & Inspire
certificate:
PBL and SEL by 5 E's method, STEAM lessons + creative problem-solving+ anti-bullying education.
PBL & SEL 5 E's Prime
certificate:
PBL and SEL by 5 E's method, lesson plans & dynamic change.
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© 2017 by Michelle Korenfeld, Raising Creative Thinkers.